Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate feels right at home on the 3DS. The segmented environments are perfect for gaming on the go and the game's addictive item creation is perfect for bringing wherever your travels take you. The number of unique creatures to hunt, expansive number of items to collect and craft, and strong multiplayer experience make for a must-play experience on the 3DS.
Though I didn't get the opportunity to check this series out on the 360, I can say that this is the definitive version of the game. Through the intuitive use of the Wii U Gamepad and the additional levels, you get more for your money this time around. Though the gameplay can drag at times, the game pulls you in through its slapstick humor and slow progressing mechanics. Those of you looking for an inexpensive RTS on your Wii U should highly consider purchasing this game (just don't expect a traditional RTS experience).
Fantasy Life is another example of a wonderful Japanese RPG that took too long to reach the States. Featuring a deep class system and tons of quests, Fantasy Life is the perfect amalgamation of gaming mechanics into an RPG/Simulation experience that will keep you playing for hours. Level 5 and 1UP Studios have done a wonderful job of creating a lighthearted adventure that should be on any completionist's radar.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS is a wonderful addition to the series featuring great cameos, a return to strong fighting mechanics, and best of all, a viable, portable Smash Bros. experience. Though the game will soon be released on the Wii U, the 3DS version is the way to go for the various single player modes and unlockable content (though the multiplayer mode is great here as well). Fans of the series should pick this game up as waiting for the Wii U version may be a difficult task.
So the real question is what should you spend your hard earned money on? Is $6.99 worth your money for either of these games? The answer is YES, both of these games are worth the $6.99 pricetag. However, the best deal would be to fork over the full $34.99 for Kirby: Triple Deluxe as it includes nearly the same version of Kirby Fighters Deluxe as well as a snippet of D6, a huge story mode, an alternate play-through as DeDeDe, and an Arena mode. As with every Kirby title, Kirby: Triple Deluxe is a huge bargain for the ticket price and is the best value of all three experiences. If you insist on skipping out, however, you won’t be disappointed spending money on either of these mini-games. For those of you who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe and are looking to extend your experience, I can’t say I would recommend buying Kirby Fighters Deluxe as the amount of content in the original mini-game is already so fleshed out, you won’t notice much of a difference in the standalone experience. If you liked D5, however, I think it’s worth investing in D6 for the extended amount of content and additional...
Pushmo World is a nice addition to the Wii U eShop content and should be played by any puzzle fan who hasn't yet experienced Pushmo and doesn't own a 3DS. However, if you're in either of the previous two categories, you would probably be better served to pick up the original Pushmo and/or Crashmo for an equally enjoyable experience at a discounted price with the freedom of portable gaming.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe is exactly what you would expect it to be: multiple game modes, creative level design, fun lighthearted style, colorful presentation, and crisp precise platforming. Kirby continues to live as a creative series built around a simple mechanic of move stealing and move-set freedom and will always be regarded dearly in this gamer's heart. It doesn't matter how many times the formula is reiterated as long as fresh ideas are pumped into the gameplay. Recommended.
Yoshi's New Island follows a similar formula as previous Nintendo remakes/reboots but ultimately falls short of recreating the magic we expect from Nintendo platformers. It is a shame that Yoshi's New Island could not provide enough new content to warrant its "new" name. Even if you enjoy the gameplay pulled directly out of the original title, it's hard to recommend playing this game over its predecessor (even if you've already played Yoshi's Island). Yoshi's Island DS has a little more variety and difficulty but ultimately, Nintendo just hasn't been able to reproduce the greatness of the original title.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy succeeds as a wonderful finale to the Layton series and the strongest title in the prequel trilogy. If you've enjoyed any of the previous games, this will certainly satisfy your puzzle solving needs. Though it's not necessary to play the previous titles in the trilogy, it's recommended as this game pulls together events from the previous two titles. All-in-all, the Layton series has been and will always be a wonderful break from some of the more established gaming formulas. Recommended.
Mario Party is continuing to see sequels and unfortunately it isn't seeing much change. In its 3rd portable experience, Island Tour, I had hoped for more enjoyable single player and internet multiplayer to keep players interested when they can't get their friends around. Unfortunately, the bread-and-butter experience of 4 players is easier to implement and more enjoyable on console experiences. Though the game can be played with only one game cartridge (and 1-4 3DSs), there isn't enough incentive to join the party on 3DS.
Sonic: Lost World is yet another disappointment considering the premise and games it was pulling ideas from. Like clockwork, this Sonic game fails to focus on the most important aspect of platforming: tight controls. The shame is that despite its cut scene issues, the game is well produced from an aesthetic and musical standpoint. If you're a masochist and don't mind unfair difficulty and clumsy controls, you may still find enjoyment in this game. Otherwise, stick with the sure-bet platformers available on the system (Super Mario 3D Land and Donkey Kong Country: Returns)
There has been a lot of excitement revolving around Pokémon X & Y even before their release and the hype is certainly well-deserved. Never before has a Pokémon experience been so streamlined and approachable. Though the game most certainly does appeal to the hardcore crowd through its deep mechanics, just about anyone else could enjoy these games due to the plethora of improvements. The art direction follows the same path set forth by the beautifully crafted Black & White. The new Pokémon are arguably some of the best (in both design and function) ever, despite there being less new Pokémon than in any previous game. New features such as Mega Evolutions and the new Fairy type are game changers in the competitive world and the new accessibility to effort training is also a breath of fresh air. Finally, the improvements to online functionality makes the experience near perfect in every way. Though Game Freak is sometimes criticized for recycling gameplay in the Pokémon franchise, they've really outdone themselves with these games. Highly recommended.
For all its creativity and polish, it's a shame that Scribblenauts hasn't been able to push itself beyond being a glorified sandbox. At its core, the level of detail put into these games is a testament to the developer's dedication to creating a vast array of vocabulary and sprites to match. With Scribblenauts Unmasked, the addition of DC characters brings an equally impressive cast of references from the legendary comic book universe. Unfortunately, though, die-hard fans of the DC universe are likely the only group of people who will appreciate this game to its fullest. For everyone else, if you haven't played a Scribblenauts, you may want to purchase Scribblenauts: Unlimited instead (equally polished game for less than half the price).
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team follows a strong format set forth by previous games in the series. Though Bowser's Inside Story is still the best, Dream Team holds its own and suits the new hardware of the 3DS very well. Like the others in the series, this game has strong personality and addictive, responsive gameplay. The only major quip is that the tutorials are painfully slow and make the first 10 hours feel much longer than they should be. Still, if you're looking for a lengthy RPG, pick this game up and enjoy the awkward beauty of Luigi's mind.
Project X Zone had me excited when I saw the list of characters from 27 different franchises from Capcom, SEGA, and Namco Bandai and after I witnessed the epic trailers that surfaced before its release. Unfortunately, I wasn't as happy with the game as I'd hoped. With such a diverse cast of characters, personalities, and environments, it's a shame the gameplay feels so generic (both as a tactics RPG and as a miniature fighting game mimic). If you still just want to play the game for the nostalgia or enjoyment of seeing such a wonderful cast of characters in one game, maybe wait for this game to drop in price to experience it. You will have a large game on your hands, but chances are you'll feel that there's still a lot left to be desired.